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Truck named after 5-time cancer survivor


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Sure we're used to seeing a big, red fire truck from time to time. But what about a bright, pink truck with signatures detailing its paint? "Guardians of the Ribbon" is an organization that supports women and their fight against cancer.

Members of the Cape Fear chapter drive around a pink fire truck named "Claudia" to offer cancer awareness. "Claudia" made an appearance today at the Cars vs. Cancer event at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. But what exactly is the story behind this truck?

Howard Eastmond is a dedicated husband and advocate for women fighting against cancer. His wife, Claudia, is a 5-time cancer survivor. Claudia had breast cancer three times and bone cancer twice, but neither she nor Howard let the 25-year struggle break their spirit. Howard named the pink truck after his wife and encourages people who have been affected by the disease or who know others who have been affected to sign their names in memory of the fight.

"When we're kids and we're sick, who takes care of us? Mom. We're grown men and married, we get sick. Who takes care of us? Our wife," Eastmond says. "Women are always taking care of us. It's time somebody stepped up to the plate and started taking care of our women. And that's what we are here for."

Claudia Eastmond says the truck means so much to her. She wants to help women in her community.

"Money we raised goes to help them with rent, utility bills, medication. We're here financially for them"

All money "Gaurdians of the Ribbon" raises stays in the Cape Fear region, to help families offset financial burdens incurred while battling all types of cancer.

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